A lot has happened this week…and it’s only Wednesday! From figuring out where all our favorite foods are actually from (apples aren’t as American as you think) to Chick-fil-A breaking a sacred rule for a very good reason, we’re on top of it. Here are some worthy bits of food news we found today.
As American as apple pie from Northwest Europe
Do you know where that apple is really from? NPR reported that a new study from the International Center of Tropical Agriculture tracked down the “full extent of globalization in our food supply.” Despite the prominence of some cuisines’ key ingredients, such as Thai chilies and Italian tomatoes, the study shows that more than two thirds of the world’s crops that are tied to “national diets” actually originated elsewhere. For example, Thai chilies and Italian tomatoes are native to South America. Leaders of the study created an interactive map that shows where crops originated. North America is home to only seven crops: blueberries, cranberries, grapes, pumpkins and gourds, raspberries, strawberries and sunflowers.
Chick-fil-A is #PrayingForOrlando
In response to Saturday night’s mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando that killed 50 and left 53 injured, Chick-fil-A employees near the city opened up their shop the following Sunday to feed those who were donating blood to the shooting’s victims, according to Time. The chain is notorious for the CEO’s anti-LGBTQ comments, as well as being closed on Sundays because of the CEO’s religious practices.
Portland’s no-tipping policy gets a new look
The gratuity-free movement in Portland, Oregon now has a logo to go with it. Some New York and Los Angeles restaurants have already started sporting the logo. According to the Portland Tribune, six restaurants will be posting the logo on websites, menus and windows to spread the word. The restaurants include Le Pigeon, Park Kitchen, The Bent Brick, Navarre, Luce and Farm Spirit. Aside from Farm Spirit, the restaurants will start a rolling implementation of their tip-free policies in June, with Le Pigeon starting it off on June 18.
The Airbnb for home kitchens
Experiencing culture through cuisine is a must while traveling. A Singapore-based startup called BonAppetour wants to delve into this concept deeper and connect users with home cooks. Think of it as the Airbnb for home kitchens. Users can currently host or cook in 30 cities all over the world.